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McCain: Securing border takes 'a lot more than walls'

One day after President-elect Donald Trump promised to start working “immediately” on a wall on the Mexico border, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said a wall alone would not be sufficient to secure the border.... Read more»

'Brain boosters' a gold mine for supplements industry but benefits hotly disputed

Concerns about Alzheimer's and other brain-wasting diseases have fueled booming sales of dietary supplements. But experts question the benefits.... Read more»

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Border Patrol recruits: Wild horses, tamed by prisoners

Long before the desert sun has had a chance to heat the dusty prison yard, some 20 inmates at an Arizona state prison begin quietly tending horses. Both the men and the horses are still learning how to live behind fences. Prisoners in the Wild Horse Inmate Program train mustangs that will eventually be adopted by the Border Patrol.... Read more»

Obama's farewell address: 'Democracy threatened whenever we take it for granted'

Complete text & video: "Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it's really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power — with our participation, and the choices we make. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured."... Read more»

Mexico again says 'no way' it will pay for Trump's border wall

Mexico's new Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday there is no way his country will pay for the wall that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to build on the United States' southern border to keep out illegal immigrants. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Air Force One crew didn't rebuff Obama

Q: Did the crew of Air Force One refuse to fly President Obama to play golf? A: No. It’s a fake news story specifically targeting “conservative readers.”... Read more»

Pennsylvania sees dramatic drop in opioid prescriptions

Within months of launching a registry to prevent patients from receiving opioids and other potentially addictive prescription drugs from more than one doctor, Pennsylvania saw a substantial drop in the number of prescriptions for painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet.... Read more»

Tequila makers, volunteers lift endangered bats off the mat

An unusual alliance of researchers and tequila makers have helped rescue a crucial American Southwest pollinator known as the lesser long-nosed bat from the brink of extinction, according to U.S. wildlife managers who want the bat removed from the endangered and threatened species list. ... Read more»

Conservatives plot course on rising ‘sea of red’ in state capitals

Shortly after the November election, with the nation’s political attention focused on the Trump transition, an influential advocacy group — ALEC — met outside Washington to discuss how to leverage the extraordinary shift of power to Republicans in the rest of the country.... Read more»

Obama picks up pace on commutations, but pardon changes still in limbo

Near the start of his second term, President Obama had granted clemency at a lower rate than any president in recent history. He had pardoned 39 people and denied 1,333 requests. He had used his power to commute a prisoner’s sentence just once. But as Obama enters the final days of his administration, he has dramatically picked up the pace.... Read more»

Az defense firms may see Trump spending bump, but not soon

Defense businesses in Arizona that have been hit hard in recent years by a downturn in contract spending are looking to a Trump administration for possible relief – but experts said that could take years to arrive.... Read more»

Texas elector says he couldn't vote amid voter ID confusion

Chris Suprun, one of two Texas Republican electors who refused to vote for Donald Trump in the Electoral College, says he was twice turned away from voting in the general election. ... Read more»

Trump may match Obama on deportations, but would radically shift focus

Donald Trump’s most recent immigration pledge is to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records, which he estimates at 2 million to 3 million immigrants – or roughly the same number deported by outgoing President Barack Obama.... Read more»

3 men and a maybe: Can ex-foes Trump and McCain, Flake get along?

Of the 20 states with two Republican senators, only one state had both of those senators publicly declare they would not vote for their party’s presidential nominee this year – Arizona.... Read more»

If Obamacare goes away, coverage will stay – for the moment

Despite Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act in his first 100 days in office, health policy experts say those who have enrolled in the Obamacare marketplace are “more than likely” to keep their coverage for 2017.... Read more»

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